India to build new vertical bridge to replace Pamban Bridge

Published on December 30, 2018
Indian Railways is building the country's first vertical-lift bridge to connect Rameswaram to mainland India.
India to build new vertical bridge to replace Pamban Bridge
  • The bridge will allow ships and steamers to pass through without any hindrance.
  • The new bridge would replace the existing 104-year-old Pamban bridge. 
  • It would be ready in the next four years.

About the New Vertical Bridge:

  • The New Bridge will have a 63-metre stretch which will lift up while remaining parallel to the deck to allow access to the ships.
  • The lifting would be done using sensors at each end.
  • The new bridge will have electro-mechanical controlled systems which will be interlocked with train control systems in place of existing manual operation and control.

Pamban Bridge:

  • Pamban Bridge connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India.
  • Pamban Bridge was the first sea bridge of India and was the longest sea bridge in India until the Bandra-Worli Sea Link was opened in 2010.
  • Pamban Bridge is located in a very challenging location.
  • It is located in the world's second most corrosive environment after Florida and is prone to high-velocity cyclones.
  • This makes maintenance very challenging.

Question:

Q. Indian Railways is building the country's first vertical-lift bridge to connect which place to mainland India?
a. Khandala
b. Rameswaram
c. Doklam
d. None of above

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